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Captain John Smith, Adventurer (Hardback)

Piracy, Pocahontas and Jamestown

Explorers & Adventurers P&S History Biographies

By R. E. Pritchard
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 40 black and white
ISBN: 9781526773623
Published: 28th July 2020

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Captain John Smith is best remembered for his association with Pocahontas, but this was only a small part of an extraordinary life filled with danger and adventure. As a soldier, he fought the Turks in Eastern Europe, where he beheaded three Turkish adversaries in duels. He was sold into slavery, then murdered his master to escape. He sailed under a pirate flag, was shipwrecked and marched to the gallows to be hanged, only to be reprieved at the eleventh hour. All this before he was thirty years old.

He was one of the founders of the English settlement at Jamestown, where he faced considerable danger from the natives as well as from within the faction-ridden settlement itself. In fact, were it not for Smith’s leadership, the Jamestown colony would surely have failed. Yet Smith was a far more ambitious explorer and soldier of fortune than these tales suggest. This swashbuckling Elizabethan adventurer was resourceful, intelligent and outspoken, with a vision of what America could become. In this riveting book, R.E. Pritchard tells the rip-roaring story of a remarkable man who refused to give in.

This book descrtibes the lilfe of the extraordinary adventurer, John Smith, whose Indian bride Pocohontas is commemorated in the church in the North Norfolk village of Burnham Market, close to whereb I live. Fascinating, larger than life, even. You couldn't make it up!

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About R. E. Pritchard

Born in India, R.E. Pritchard read English at Balliol College, Oxford, before becoming a lecturer at Keele University. He has published widely on a range of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century subjects, from Shakespeare’s England to the court of Charles II. He lives in West Oxfordshire.

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